Help! My Trapezoids are F*cking Killing Me!!

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    Mar 29, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    This morning I woke up with a cramp in my trapezoids.. first mostly the right and now both sides.. but literally from the shoulder all teh way to the beck of the neck and below.. they're rock hard and even pressing on them lightly hurts like a female dog... I tried all manner of yoga and meditation, and it gives some relief, but it comes right back when I stop...

    Anybody know massage techniques for the trapezoids? Like for seriously cramped ones?
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    Trapezoids? Like these?

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  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 30, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    I get something similar.

    Find a floor. Lay on your back. Roll over onto you left shoulder, roll over onto your back then back onto your right shoulder.

    Keep doing that until the muscles relax.

    When you have bigger back issues, change it up by turning on your side , then turning your bottom foot over backwards over the top one and spiral your body from the feet up, turning your head last, then go back the other way, over and over.

    I get so spasmed up washing dished and making lunch and tonights dinner that I can't stand up without feeling like I'm being stabbed in the back with a dull knife. It all started with a golfing injury.

    Do some Yoga research. You don't have to do yoga, You just have to incorporate some shorter versions of yoga positions into your morning stretching routine, before work, to stop feeling like that at the end of the day. Well, usually. Look at me rolling on the floor after work.

    It's a lifelong struggle, Other people deal with diabetis or kidney failure. We just cramp up easily.
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    Have someone massage blue emu oil on your shoulders. This will help, too.

    Come see me and I will be glad to be the masseur.
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    stretch!
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI get something similar.

    Find a floor. Lay on your back. Roll over onto you left shoulder, roll over onto your back then back onto your right shoulder.

    Keep doing that until the muscles relax.

    When you have bigger back issues, change it up by turning on your side , then turning your bottom foot over backwards over the top one and spiral your body from the feet up, turning your head last, then go back the other way, over and over.

    I get so spasmed up washing dished and making lunch and tonights dinner that I can't stand up without feeling like I'm being stabbed in the back with a dull knife. It all started with a golfing injury.

    Do some Yoga research. You don't have to do yoga, You just have to incorporate some shorter versions of yoga positions into your morning stretching routine, before work, to stop feeling like that at the end of the day. Well, usually. Look at me rolling on the floor after work.

    It's a lifelong struggle, Other people deal with diabetis or kidney failure. We just cramp up easily.


    O wow that sounds horrendous! Thanks for the tip.. is there nothing you can take for the electrolyte imbalance that cramps you up so easily?
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    Firebrand saidTrapezoids? Like these?

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    I have this problem. I don't know if I want to find the area, perimeter, or angles of a trapezoid icon_redface.gif
  • FlypinHigh

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    Mar 30, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    traps are the hottest muscle
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    You also might want to do some research on the accupressure points.

    I have a friend that is a massage therapist and has a holistic medicine degree. - 1) she would tell you to start drinking a lot of water and it will help with the inflammation causing the cramp and 2) she would find the corresponding accupressure point. -- I don't know what it is for your traps, but I can tell you that I had a deep catch in my back when I got a massage from her a couple of weeks ago. It would not go away. She said it was something out of joint in my arm pit - and poked around on my arm pit for part of the massage. I swear to you I have not have a problem since.

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    Mar 30, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    There's a chance your diet could be aggravating the situation. Make sure you're getting plenty of potassium, magnesium and taurine (especially if you're a vegan).
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    FlypinTraps saidtraps are the hottest muscle


    True that .. but not when they hurt AY!
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    joevbanana saidstretch!


    I did yoga icon_sad.gif
  • camfer

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    Mar 30, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    meloxicam
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    I was going to recommend cubism, but it seems a hot bath, massage and vigorous stretch and hot sex are in order. Get better papi.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    maybe a sign of dehydration? i get that a lot, just a thought, if not just stretch often
  • LJay

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    Mar 30, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    for trapezoids you need a geometrist. Hard to square up with one, though.

    For trapezius muscles, try a hot bath or letting the shower massage them. Keep warm and stretch very gently. A couple of Advil probably would not hurt unless you are using internal bourbon linament.

    Having a buddy to massage would be nice, but, if not, get one of those hand held massager things. And try and keep it clean, man.
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    LJay saidfor trapezoids you need a geometrist. Hard to square up with one, though.

    For trapezius muscles, try a hot bath or letting the shower massage them. Keep warm and stretch very gently. A couple of Advil probably would not hurt unless you are using internal bourbon linament.

    Having a buddy to massage would be nice, but, if not, get one of those hand held massager things. And try and keep it clean, man.


    O yes of course, I always get the two confused lol.. Trapezius it is!
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    There are several things you can do about the cramps. Initially, follow the excellent stretches mentioned earlier in the thread. A hot bath with Epsom Salts will do wonders, especially if you scent the water with an essential oil or two. You should limit yourself to 15 - 20 minutes for the soak. Consult your doctor if you are sensitive to salts. You'll be soaking in magnesium heptasulfate.

    Staying hydrated is also a major player in not having cramps, as is remaining flexible.

    One way you can massage your back, actually two ways, is with tennis balls. Begin by taking two tennis balls and shoving them into an old, clean sock. Wrap the rest of the sock in an overhand knot and snug it up against the tennis balls as tightly as you can.

    You now have a device that will work on your neck, erectors and lower back. Place the sock on a hard floor and lean back on it from a sitting position before it. The cleft between the tennis balls will allow your spine to travel unencumbered as the sock rolls up and down your back.

    Place your feet on the floor, lift your hips, and using your legs - try not to use your arms for balance or assistance as that tends to bring the shoulders forward - move your body so that the balls roll up or down the spine as you wish. This process will occasionally align a subluxation after the muscle has released.

    For direct access to the traps, use the third tennis ball from the can. Place your feet about one foot out from a wall with your back toward the wall. Holding the tennis ball in one hand, lean back until your hips are touching the wall and you can place your back against it.

    Place the tennis ball above the area that has the strongest desire for release and, leaning forward slowly, allow the tennis ball to find that spot. Then lean back into the tennis ball and take a deep breath, bringing it to that muscle point.. . .hold for eight seconds . . .and exhale fully.

    You can then lean forward again and direct the ball further down. When you are done, or wish to target a different area, simply cup your hand and move it to the wall under your hips. Balance the weight on your shoulder and move your hips forward. The ball will fall into your hand, allowing you to repeat the process.

    Word of warning about rolling around on the tennis balls -- if you have a dog. Not only will they think it a toy if you leave it about; when you are on the floor supine and your face is at about the same elevation as the water bowl. . . be prepared for a tongue bath!
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    Mar 30, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    Firebrand saidTrapezoids? Like these?

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  • AdventureTime

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    Jun 02, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    Try hanging from a pull up bar and twist your torso a little left to right
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 02, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Trapezius, dear. Trapezius.

    God doesn't give with both hands, I suppose. I bet you're pretty though!
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    Jun 02, 2013 3:47 AM GMT


    This one's specific (previous vid is for legs and such... golfer problems..)icon_rolleyes.gif

  • HottJoe

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    Jun 24, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidTrapezius, dear. Trapezius.

    God doesn't give with both hands, I suppose. I bet you're pretty though!

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  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 24, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    I used to get that periodically. Sure, do all the good stuff to avoid dehydration but another thing you can do to keep it from coming back is an exercise I got from P90x. After your pre-workout warmup, hold your arms and hands at your side and extend the fingers down like you're trying to touch the floor. Then slowly do the head roll from side to side keeping your chin tucked as you roll. This has reduced my neck and trap issues tremendously. Works great for just plain old tension, too. The trick is the pulling down of the shoulders while stretching the neck and traps. Makes a big difference.
  • DCEric

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    Jun 24, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    I'm the first? Really? You're slipping RJ.
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